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ISTA/Film Matters New York IB workshop - Practical Film Production Category 3

October 20 - October 22, 2022

Discount for teachers who are members of Film Matters – please add ‘Film Matters’ as your organisation when booking

About the workshop

Overview of the Workshop
Practical film production is a hands-on filmmaking workshop that aims to bring accessible practical filmmaking techniques into the classroom. It is ideal for teachers who are less experienced with the practical aspects of film production and is focussed on making film with whatever technology is available to schools – all that is needed is a laptop, editing software and a recording device to be able to effectively implement the activities explored in this workshop.

Aim of the workshop
To engage participants in a range of practical filmmaking activities.
To deepen understanding of how to embed and facilitate practical filmmaking into the classroom environment.
To explore a range of practical activities to help prepare students for constructing a portfolio of film experiences.
To equip participants with the skills required to facilitate collaborative filmmaking activities (including identifying clear filmmaker intentions, developing story, approaches to forming groups, production planning, developing and applying skills and approaches to screenings).
To explore a range of approaches to capturing and documenting the filmmaking process and for reflecting on developing practice.

Target audience
This workshop is for IB film teachers and theatre teachers or teachers of any subject looking to up-skill their ability to film student work. No previous IB training required for the film workshop.

Master class & master class leader
All participants will take part in one master class with a screenwriter.

Details to be confirmed by August 2022

Film Viewings
All participants will view two film viewings as part of the workshop.

Details to be confirmed by August 2022.

About your workshop leader

Sharon Lacoste McDonagh
I am a self-described global citizen. My parents’ careers took my family to Zambia, England, Egypt, Ethiopia and finally Sweden where I graduated from Stockholm University. As an adult I have lived in Egypt (again), Ecuador, Canada, Turkey, Hong Kong, Japan and Luxembourg.

Before becoming a teacher I worked for many years as an Art Director in the film industry which lent me some real-world experience to bring to the classroom. I helped to develop the practical film workshop with ISTA as a way to enable other educators to access the language of film in an approachable and achievable manner for those who have little or no prior experience with the medium.

As an educator I have taught Film, Art and ToK for the past several years with the aim to guide students towards their individual voices and to enable them to express their ideas in a framework that is persuasive as well as aware. I enjoy the collaborative learning process that teaching brings and the platform it offers students to develop themselves into independent thinkers who understand the purpose and value of their learning.

I am passionate about developing an educational framework where there is balanced collaboration between the teacher and the student that is engaging, meaningful and often fun which is why I have also developed, a place and space to offer training and resources to educators in film.

Important information

Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th St)
16th Floor
New York, NY, 10018

Venue website

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

For participants
Registration is now open
Registration closes 8th September 2022

Workshop timings
The workshop begins at 9:00am on Thursday, 20th October 2022 and ends at 3:00pm on Saturday, 22nd October 2022.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions on all days.


Registration fees
ISTA Members – GBP £840
Film Matters Members – GBP £840
Non ISTA Members – GBP £895
T-Shirt – GBP £12

Total cost per participant:
ISTA Members – GBP £852
Film Matters Members – GBP £852
Non ISTA Members – GBP £907

Please note:
Fees include lunches and tea/coffee breaks daily and tickets for two film viewings.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.
Once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per event terms and conditions.
Late registrants will not be able to order a t-shirt.

Travel & visas

Travel & visas
Participants are advised to arrive in New York City by evening on Wednesday, 19th October 2022 and should not plan to leave the venue before 3:00pm on Saturday, 22nd October.

Late arrivals and early departures will result in the certificate of attendance not being issued.

Please note:
International travel should be planned accordingly.
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter the USA and have checked entry requirements pertaining to COVID-19 regulations.
Participants are responsible for getting to and from the venue and cinemas during the event.

Accommodation & meals

Participants will be asked to book and pay for their own hotel accommodation. We advise you choose accommodation close to Ripley Grier Studios

Lunches and tea/coffee breaks are provided.

What to bring

What to bring
Current DP Film Course Guide (ask your IB coordinator to provide if you do not have it). IB teachers only.
Laptop, editing software and a recording device (all charging cables must be compatible with 120V and US Type A or B outlets).
Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop such as the workbook.
A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 20 October at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 22 October at 15:00
(Local Time)


Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue (Bet. 36th & 37th Streets)
16th Floor
New York, NY 10018


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